The Monster Squad (1987) Review
Written by: Gardenofstone10
Having never seen this movie before, I was very skeptical. Now, watching it for the first time as an adult I still appreciate it just as I would if I were a child. This is like The Lost boys mixed with Stand By Me mixed with Under Wraps (disney movie about boys and a mummy).
We all know the basic plot. There is a group of boys who call themselves The Monster Squad and their job is to learn and protect their town. When Dracula and a who's who list of monsters come knocking, they are there to answer.
Now what surprised me first and foremost was how this has been long categorized as a kids movie. In the movie there is violence with blood, swearing and just rude names like faggot. Given that word wasn't as hateful in the late 80s, it still shocks me knowing society's standings on gay bashing. I was only 1 year old when this movie came out in 87 so obviously didn't see it then. I always thought it would be cheesy and a waste of my time so I never watched it. Now I'm pissed at myself because I could have enjoyed this many years ago.
I really liked how the monsters were done. Dracula and the Creature from the Black Lagoon stood out with the best makeup/effects. This movie was made in a time where computer technology was just starting to crack its way on the scene and it's nice to see that it didn't succumb to it. This is au naturale.
The kids acting is what stands out next. You have all high pitched boys and a few girls in this movie. To me, that means that it's stiff acting because, well, they're kids! This was as natural as it could feel. I actually felt like these kids were acting the way they do in every day life and cameras just happen to be there. Maybe that's why this movie is such a big cult success is that it's not as cheesy as it sounds.
I love this movie and will be buying the blu ray when it comes out this November. Peace.